I started this book and actually put it down after a couple of chapters. I felt it had a “mean girls” feel to it and had a *shrug* “meeeeeh” attitude towards it. I picked it back up about a week or two later and finished it that same day. Whaaaaaaaaaaat??
Title: The Pledge (The Pledge #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Summary (by Goodreads):
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
This book kicked butt. The beginning for me was a little slow for some reason and had a mean girls tendency. I’m not a big fan of books like The Luxe or books that head in that direction, but I didn’t even give this poor book a chance at first! Eeeeek! I can’t believe I did that! What a rookie mistake!
This is a dystopian novel about a girl (Charlaina…Charlie for short) who lives in a country where classes of people are separated by the different languages they speak. If you are a lower class and look at a higher classed person…while they are speaking their language…you die. Which this seemed a bit harsh to me…I couldn’t believe this would actually happen, but then again, the Queen is a major ho-bag.
Charlie can understand all of the languages spoken by all the classes. This has seriously caused a lot of problems for Charlie and her family. Often times when someone changes their dialect… she misses it, therefore still looking at someone while they speak a higher classed language.
The Queen reminds me of this little girl…Go ahead…stare for a while and laugh…I did…
Like I was saying…She reminds me of the Queen. She’s so horribly mean that you want to laugh in her face just to see if she could possibly get any more crazy angry. Maybe this is why I don’t have kids…
She’s a horrible, ruthless, biach who is looking for a female heir as her body has aged to the point of “no return”. Her spirit needs to inherit a new body, therefore she is trying to find a royal female heir in order to release her spirit into, to stay “alive”. I told you the queen was horrible!!
Meanwhile, Charlie and her friend Brooklynn manage to find some hot young guys and one in particular (Max) takes a special interest in Charlie. She doesn’t understand why he would be all that into her, when her friend Brooklynn is the one who gains the male attentions. Slowly but surely, Max persistently tries to win her over…and she can’t fight that she has feelings. What’s a good ya fiction without a little romance?
Overall, I liked the book, once you get past the first few chapters that outline everything, you get to the good stuff and it just takes off! There’s a second book that’s being written and plans to be released next January. The slight cliff hanger in this book is written in the epilogue.